WIFTV Artistic Innovation Award: Dana Claxton

The Spotlight Awards Gala

This award honours a woman who demonstrates vision, experimentation and innovation in the telling of women’s stories in screen based media, and who has created a significant body of work in these forms or an outstanding new work. Dana Claxton is honoured for her work in film, video, photography, installation and performance art. She’s also honoured for mentoring youth and young artists. She has worked tirelessly promoting and supporting Aboriginal and Women’s rights. Her practice investigates beauty, the body, the socio-political and the spiritual. Dana’s work has been shown internationally at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Walker Art Centre, the Sundance Film Festival, the Eiteljorg Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, AU). Her work is held in public collections including the Vancouver Art Gallery, National Gallery of Canada, Art Bank of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Claxton was born in Yorkton Saskatchewan and her family reserve is Lakota First Nations -Wood Mountain, located in beautiful Southwest Saskatchewan.  Her paternal Euro-Canadian Grandmother taught her how to harvest and preserve food and her maternal Lakota grandmother taught her to seek justice. Dana is the youngest of four siblings, an auntie, niece, cousin and daughter. “I am excited to be part of this vital community and realize the great privilege we have as women image makers.”